A recent trend in guided tours of China is to take you on a memorable, multi-day tour on a riverboat down the Yangtze River.
Most guided tours begin in Chong Xing, a sprawling city of 32 million people in South Central China. There, you’ll board a
lovely ship and you’ll receive a room to sleep in, many with private decks so you can enjoy the scenery.
A riverboat tour down the Yangtze River should be memorable and relaxing. Guided tours of the river include daily excursions
to sites along the way. As you travel downstream, you’ll reach the Yangtze River’s famous three gorges. These are areas of
the river with huge mountains and massive cliffs on either side of the river.
Unfortunately, guided tours of the Yangtze River may not be as exciting as they are today or even as they were a few years
ago. The Chinese government is building the largest hydroelectric dam downstream from the gorges, raising the water level,
displacing millions of people and marring the beauty of the three gorges. While onboard the ship, you’ll enjoy daily
activities and fine Chinese dining every night.
Next on your list will probably be Shanghai. Most guided tours of China take advantage of the fact that Shanghai is near
the mouth of the Yangtze River and close to where you’ll disembark. Shanghai can be considered the “New York” of China.
It is the center of finance and business in China and, for seasoned travelers, it’s an excellent place to shop before
stuffing your bags for the flight home.